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THE 2017 Drive 4 Life 4WD tour will tackle the Vic­to­rian High Coun­try, and 4X4 Aus­tralia has once again jumped on board as a ma­jor spon­sor. Drive 4 Life is an an­nual 4WD event rais­ing money for the North­cott foun­da­tion (for­merly known as the NSW So­ci­ety for Crip­pled Chil­dren). To date, Drive 4 Life has raised $745,000 for North­cott.

North­cott, which has helped com­mu­ni­ties for more than 80 years, pro­vides sup­port and ser­vices to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties as well as their fam­i­lies and car­ers. In par­tic­u­lar, funds raised by Drive 4 Life go to North­cott’s Equip­ment Loan Pool, which pro­vides peo­ple in need with wheel­chairs and other mo­bil­ity equip­ment.

To raise money, ve­hi­cles par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2017 Drive 4 Life tour are re­quired to do­nate $1000 to North­cott.

The 2017 Drive 4 Life event will start at 3.30pm on March 19 in Har­ri­etville, Vic­to­ria. The tour will end with a din­ner at the Snow­line Ho­tel in Har­ri­etville on March 24.

Through­out the five days of the tour, par­tic­i­pants will cover 450 to 500km of off-road tracks within an area bounded by Li­cola in the south, Mt Buller in the west and the Great Alpine Road in the north.

Cov­er­ing ap­prox­i­mately six hours of driv­ing per day, par­tic­i­pants are re­quired to have 4x4s up to the task of over­com­ing chal­leng­ing ter­rain. Be­cause of this, Drive 4 Life rec­om­mends all ve­hi­cles run all­ter­rain tyres and have high- and low-range.

Other es­sen­tial items to bring in­clude a five-watt UHF ra­dio with an ex­ter­nal aerial, first-aid kit, 20 litres of water, a snatch strap, D or bow shack­les, and re­cov­ery points front and rear. A pre-trip full-ve­hi­cle ser­vice or check-up is also re­quired.

Non-es­sen­tial items in­clude a cargo bar­rier, fire ex­tin­guisher, spare drive belts for fan/al­ter­na­tor/power steer­ing/air-con, spare ra­di­a­tor hoses, tyre pres­sure gauge, 12-volt elec­tric tyre pump, and a roof rack.

So what are you wait­ing for? Get in­volved in Drive 4 Life, at


Drive 4 Life 2017 will tour Vic­to­rian High Coun­try to raise funds.

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